Jesus Was a Jew

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As all human beings, Jesus Christ was born in a particular place and at a specific time in history. Although His Father was God (through the agency of the Holy Spirit), His mother was a Jewish woman named Mary. Her husband, Joseph, was Jesus' legal father or guardian. According to the genealogy from Mary, on His human side Christ is descended from the Israelite tribal patriarch Judah and his descendant King David (Luke 3:31, Luke 3:33; compare Acts 2:30; 2 Timothy 2:8).

The biblical testimony is plain. The book of Hebrews tells us that "it is evident that our Lord arose from [the tribe of] Judah . . ." (7:14). And those descended from Judah are known by the abbreviated term Jews. The apostle John wrote that "He came to His own [the Jews], and His own did not receive Him" (John 1:11). Both a Samaritan woman and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate clearly recognized that Jesus was Jewish (John 4:9; John 18:35).

We are further told that "the scepter shall not depart from Judah" (Genesis 49:10). The scepter symbolizes the promise of kingship and salvation. Jesus, the King of the Jews, is the Messiah. Christ (the Greek term for Messiah) is the ultimate fulfillment of the ruler mentioned prophetically in 1 Chronicles 5:2: "Yet Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came a ruler."

The Bible's final book refers to Jesus as "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Revelation 5:5). On Jesus' human side, David is called His father, meaning ancestor, in Luke 1:32. Romans 1:3 likewise says he "was born of the seed of David according to the flesh." Thus, from numerous testimonies, He was certainly a Jew.

What ultimately counts, however, is that He is the Savior of all mankind because He died for all men, women and children, regardless of their race or other ethnicity (John 3:15-17). Indeed, in Christ we are told that there is no division between Jew and gentile—for all become one in Him (Galatians 3:28).